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We know Alexander (3 years old) is allergic to dairy, potato, and corn. He ate potatoes once and threw up for several hours. It was awful. He was 7 months old. Corn makes his eczema horrible. Without all three of these foods, he does great and his skin is pretty clear!<br><br>
He's been weaned since last November, so I've been eating dairy products again (oh, how I missed them). My husband made cheese enchiladas tonight for dinner. Well, later on in the evening, he was holding Alexander and then Alexander ran up to me. I noticed he was getting hives. I asked my husband if he'd kissed him and he said yeah.<br><br>
I quickly washed Alexander off and my husband took a shower. We used a cortisone cream on the site of the hives but they just continued to spread in a horrifying fashion. We waited like 5 minutes and then gave him Benadryl. He immediately started to clear up. He still has some minor irritated spots, but mostly he's back to normal.<br><br>
The whole thing makes me feel so sad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I was hoping he was getting somewhat better, but he still gets hives like crazy when he comes in contact with cheese residue on people's clothing or lips.<br><br>
He's never ingested any dairy other than the first month when he was drinking breastmilk and was getting it through there before I figured out why my poor baby was so sad all the time.<br><br>
He wears one of those ID bracelets now that I wrote on "Please do not feed me. I am allergic to Dairy, Corn, and Potatoes." I'm terrified of him getting separated from me somewhere and someone offering him food to comfort him.<br><br>
We've never been to an allergist but I guess I'm going to go ahead and take him. I don't know what they can do other than test him and tell me for sure what they think he's allergic to. Maybe I'll get an Epi-Pen for him. He's never had a truly terrifying reaction. He's always been able to breathe okay even when he gets hives all over. It still scares me.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> mama- that is scary.<br><br>
I have to ask- if his allergies are so bad that you got him a medical bracelet, why do you keep dairy in your house?!? You need to get all his allergens out of your house asap! With that serious of a reaction, you really can't take a chance of your LO getting into somebody else's food and having a reaction. And yes, I would definitely recommend getting an Epipen.
 

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My dd was highly allergic to citric acid, if she came into contact with it in any way she would break out in hives and swell up. She out grew the allergy around the age of 4. But had severe allergies to other things, it would be easier to say what she wasn't allergic to. We carry an epi pen in both vehicles, and she even has one in her backpack and in my purse, at my parents and at the nurses office at school. But she had shots for two years and we have never had to use a pen! So there is a chance you LO could outgrow these allergies, but definitely take him to an ENT doctor and have him tested.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> mama- that is scary.<br><br>
I have to ask- if his allergies are so bad that you got him a medical bracelet, why do you keep dairy in your house?!? You need to get all his allergens out of your house asap! With that serious of a reaction, you really can't take a chance of your LO getting into somebody else's food and having a reaction. And yes, I would definitely recommend getting an Epipen.</div>
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Yeah, you're right. He's never gotten into anything and we have the kitchen childproofed so he can't get in there and he doesn't try to. It is at the point where we need to just start eating like he eats. This was definitely a wake-up call.<br><br>
Thanks for the reply. It was definitely scary. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My dd was highly allergic to citric acid, if she came into contact with it in any way she would break out in hives and swell up. She out grew the allergy around the age of 4. But had severe allergies to other things, it would be easier to say what she wasn't allergic to. We carry an epi pen in both vehicles, and she even has one in her backpack and in my purse, at my parents and at the nurses office at school. But she had shots for two years and we have never had to use a pen! So there is a chance you LO could outgrow these allergies, but definitely take him to an ENT doctor and have him tested.</div>
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I definitely hope he outgrows his allergies. It is good to hear stories of other kids outgrowing theirs. Thank you.<br><br>
I'm going to call his pediatrician tomorrow and see if he will give me an Epi-Pen or if I should go through an allergist.
 

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My dd was allergic to soy, corn and dairy. She's 3 now and we recently trialed her on dairy. She seems to be tolerating it just fine. I hope your lo outgrows his, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
In the meantime, I do think you should see an allergist and get an epi pen. The reaction you describe is really severe for such minimal contact. My dd never reacted to a food unless she (or I, when she was bfing) actually ingested it. I can imagine the terror you feel, but that's why you need the epipens and training to use them now, before anything more severe happens (and I hope it never does).<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">My dd was allergic to soy, corn and dairy. She's 3 now and we recently trialed her on dairy. She seems to be tolerating it just fine. I hope your lo outgrows his, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
In the meantime, I do think you should see an allergist and get an epi pen. The reaction you describe is really severe for such minimal contact. My dd never reacted to a food unless she (or I, when she was bfing) actually ingested it. I can imagine the terror you feel, but that's why you need the epipens and training to use them now, before anything more severe happens (and I hope it never does).<br><br>
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Yeah, we're going to call the doctor tomorrow and do what we need to do to get an Epi-Pen.<br><br>
I really appreciate all the support. I hate feeling like I'm overreacting when I talk to people about it and they just don't get it.<br><br>
We carry Benadryl with us always and have given it to him at the first sign of hives. It is very scary. Now I feel pretty bad that I was even eating the food. Ugh, the stress is going to kill me. My poor little boy.
 
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